Saddling Up in the Heart of Memphis

We dusted off our cowboy boots for an annual fundraising event at the Children’s Museum of Memphis and prepared to saddle up for a “Deep in the Heart of Memphis” theme. We featured dusty neutrals, sunset gradients, pops of vibrant greens, soulful blues, and rustic browns for a beautifully authentic aesthetic.


As you entered the event space, we chose to cover the perimeter with drapery to balance the existing modern and eclectic design of the museum. As guests arrived, their eyes were drawn up above the whiskey barrel bistro tables to attention-grabbing wagon wheel pendants.

In the designated bar area, we created an effortless blend of neutral colors with a sunset backdrop to add a pop of color and provide a lively, western-themed focal point. We created a cozy nook with the Sasha natural settees and Sierra coffee table, while sunflowers in bloom rested atop whiskey barrel bistros paired with a mix of gun metal and copper metal bar stools.

If you’ve attended an event space created by White Door Events, then you know we’re always doing something outside of the box, and the Children’s Museum was no exception. We gathered an innumerable amount of cowboy hats and installed a jaw-dropping ceiling display of them clustered together, creating an added dose of Southern flare. We also installed hanging cowboys above the “boot scootin’ boogie” of a dance floor, set for the band's performance.


When guests weren't busy dancing up a storm, they were lounging in our signature green velvet sofas, accompanied by gold Sunbelt pillows and Verona coffee tables. The green, inspired by Pantone’s Color of the Year Greenery, added vibrancy amid the natural wood Verona coffee tables topped with rustic succulent centerpieces.


One of our favorite rooms to design at CMOM was the “King’s Ranch.” Just look at how charming the blues of the sofas popped! We featured our blue velvet sofas, as a nod to the King of Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis Presley. Beside them, we placed Ridley ottoman, Axel mirrored cubes, silver Sunbelt pillows, and a black & white cowhide rug to tie in the western theme.


In the corner of the “King’s Ranch,” we placed our Sawyer bar, custom built by the White Door Events team. The tin front added another element of rusticity and provided a cool blue reflection.


We had the honor of sponsoring the “VIP Room,” where we provided an array of furnishings in warm antique browns, bourbon, and cognac. We placed our ever-popular cognac Ava chairs alongside the rustic brown Rango sofa with a Sierra coffee table. We couldn’t help but include a cactus statue to maintain the allure of the Wild West.


Keeping with the theme, we added a saloon-style bar featuring our custom-built wood table top, paired with our jute linen. The perfect watering hole for any cowboy or cowgirl to refuel. We think we’ll have another bourbon, please!


In our “Howl at the Moon Lounge,” we went all out, combining elements from all previous rooms to create one beautiful and energetic environment. White leather Sasha banquettes were arranged against the wall with blue Kelli cubes arranged for extra seating and Singapore teak wood side tables placed for convenience to hold guest’s drinks. Faux fur pillows and a black & white cow hide rug were an added touch of softness while adding gun metal cocktail tables and bar stools for a balance. The color and texture combination of white, blue, faux fur, teak wood, and Holstein hide had the guests howlin’!